Florida Files 5.4 Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against BP [SLIDE SHOW]

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip on April 21, 2010. A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a blowout preventer from properly sealing to stop last year's massive Gulf oil spill.
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Associated Press Release

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Two cities along the Gulf of Mexico are suing oil giant BP over tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Dunedin and Clearwater join other local governments such as Tampa and Hillsborough County, along with the state of Florida, that are also suing BP.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/ZmJrjK) reports that the lawsuits from Clearwater and Dunedin were two of nearly 60 suits that South Carolina-based law firm Motley Rice filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.

The cities claim they suffered millions in losses from hotel, gas, sales and other tax and fee receipts because of the spill. No oil washed into the Tampa Bay area but the cities say visitors were scared away.

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the lawsuit is the first step in a long process.

She says, "It's astonishing to me considering the harm that BP has caused our state and our people. Floridians deserve better and we are going to receive it from BP."

Bondi says four firms have been hired for outside counsel. She says if the case makes it to trial, it will be tried in Florida, "where it belongs."

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Today, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi announced that the state is suing BP for $5.4 billion in revenue loss from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which includes past, current, and future losses.

The lawsuit was filed Saturday on the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Bondi says Florida tried to settle, but BP never responded to the offer.
She says she's still open to discussion but says she is ready to take it to trial.

WCTV will bring you more on the BP case tonight on Eyewitness News.

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